Once again…I have been inspired by one of your emails (or Facebook posts…I can’t remember which it was!) to try something that would never have occurred to me otherwise. Earlier this week it was Car Air Fresheners, today it’s Wipes For Little Noses. I’ll be honest and say I didn’t really know what these were…but I had a pretty good idea based on the name alone.
Nose wipes when MY kids were small were the sleeves of their shirts! lol! Just kidding!!! Gross. :-) Nose wipes were plain ole tissues. But after I looked into these new-fangled nose wipes I could see the appeal. Saline nose wipes that ease the discomfort of kids’ sore, red, runny noses. Not a bad idea. Not a bad idea at all.
But if you’re looking for a less expensive, more eco-friendly alternative….consider making your own. :-)
Since I don’t really have a need for wipes for little noses at this stage of my life (let’s face it….if my 13 and 17 year old sons need their noses wiped…they are darn well going to do it themselves!) I decided to make up a couple of batches for two of my nieces who have toddlers at home and are BOTH about the give birth AGAIN! I figure they could use whatever help they can get. :-)
I wanted the gift to be able to “keep on giving” so I decided to go with cloth wipes instead of paper. I bought a package of 4 inexpensive receiving blankets and cut two of them up for the wipes. The other two I will include in a future baby gift. Each blanket gave me 16 good-sized cloth wipes.
Next I needed a container. I didn’t want it to be too big because I’m assuming they will use these when they are “on-the-go” and will need to put them in a purse or diaper bag. I decided these travel soap boxes would do quite nicely.
Originally I figured I could probably fit about 4 in each box…but after they were wet, I was able to smoosh them down enough to include 6 in each box.
The “concoction” I mixed up to soak the wipes in is adapted from Nancy at My Williams Family Est 2004.
Homemade Nose Wipes
1 cup hot water (preferably distilled)
A pinch of sea salt (I probably used about 1/2 teaspoon)
1 Tablespoon of aloe vera (gel or liquid)
The contents of 2 Vitamin E capsules
3 – 4 drops of lavender essential oil
2 teaspoons witch hazel
Combine all the above ingredients into a small container, then soak pre-folded cloth wipes in the solution. Squeeze out most of the water and place in bar soap box.
I made a “boy” box and a “girl” box because one niece is expecting baby Jack and once niece is expecting baby Layla. :-) Can’t wait!
So now we’re all better prepared! But let’s hope for a healthy fall and winter so we won’t be needing them! (Well, we can always HOPE!)